The Creatives: Wafa Al Falahi

Introducing Wafa Al Falahi, an Emirati multidisciplinary designer renowned for her captivating space-making designs that seamlessly blend culture, history, and sciences. With a background in Interior Design and a flair for sculptural artistry in clay, Wafa's creative imprint spans diverse disciplines, including the masterful craft of furniture making. Her exhibited works and collaborations testify to her exceptional talent and artistic vision.

As a female Emirati designer, what role does your cultural/heritage play in your work, if any?

Across ceramics, drawing, interior design, and furniture making, my extensive range of work is deeply influenced by art, culture, history, and the sciences. In ceramics, I draw inspiration from the fluidity of organic forms, exploring the interplay of clay, glazes, and firing techniques. My drawings weave historical references into contemporary contexts, creating thought-provoking compositions. In interior design, I craft immersive spaces that reflect the unique stories and cultural nuances of a place. With furniture design, I blend techniques from diverse disciplines, infusing pieces with narrative and functionality. Preliminary research lays the foundation for my designs, ensuring a seamless integration of art, culture, history, and the sciences, which come alive through lines, textures, and gestures in my creations. I draw inspiration from the world around me, shaping my art with a focus on the experiences of women in the Middle East. Playful depictions hide deeper meanings, inviting viewers to explore beyond the surface and engage in meaningful conversations. My work reflects personal narratives and cultural contexts, aiming to evoke emotions and foster connections.

Can you share with us some of the key influences and inspirations behind your multidisciplinary design approach?

The driving force behind my multidisciplinary approach stems from an innate passion for exploration. I have always been captivated by the notion that individuals from diverse fields can leave their distinct mark on a material or project, shaping their unique perspectives.

What sparks the courage to explore a new medium that you never used before?

The catalyst for embracing new artistic mediums lies in the freedom and willingness to make mistakes. It is through these mistakes that remarkable discoveries are unearthed. I have personally learned this valuable lesson through challenging experiences, but it has undeniably propelled me to achieve significant milestones in my design and artistic journey.

Can you share any upcoming projects or collaborations that you are excited about and that we can look forward to seeing in the future?

I am currently working on my own product collection for my platform, while also developing a lighting fixture for the Tanween program. Through a rigorous process and continuous self-education, I am nurturing my artistic practice and journey through the DCT Art residency program. The program also gives me the opportunity to explore different mediums and how they transcend and manifest into my practice.

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